Bass of the Week: Conklin Guitars OM

Conklin Guitars Jason Everett Signature OM Bass

This week we’re checking out a collaboration between Conklin Guitars and Jason Everett called the OM Bass. The bass is a seven-string fretless that is fitted with several interesting features to suit the bassist’s world music style.

Its pickups are a pair of custom Bartolinis along with a set of GraphTECH Ghost piezos in individual saddlebridges. Besides EQing, the OM Bass is set up for MIDI capability with a GraphTECH Hexpander 13-pin hexaphonic output.

The neck is a seven-piece laminate of zebrawood and wenge matched to a walnut body. “Jason’s version also features exotic top woods (Cocobolo and Yellowheart) with a stunning OM Symbol on the fingerboard which is finished with an ultra-hard polyester finish,” Conklin writes. Another cool feature is the addition of Hipshot Xtender keys to the A and D strings for tuning flexibility.

“I often play modally with resonant open strings,” Everett shares. “Most of those pieces are in E, D, or A. The drop keys on the low E and B strong allow me to incorporate those lower strings as part of the sonic pallet when appropriate.”

Check out this clip of Everett putting the OM Bass to good use:

Conklin Guitars Jason Everett Signature OM Bass Specs:

Top:Cocobolo and Yellowheart
Pickups:Custom Bartolini, GraphTECH Ghost Piezo System
Electronics:Active, with MIDI Capability
Outputs:1/4″ and GraphTECH Hexpander 13-pin Hexaphonic
Tuners:Hipshot with Xtender Keys on A and D strings

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  1. Cool bass. I am curious, how does the Hipshot Xtender on the E string work? Doesn’t the lever hit the B string tuner when the tension is released?